Andover MN Homes For Sale
Andover, Minnesota is northwest of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, with easy access to both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. With a population exceeding 30,000, Andover is no longer the best-kept secret of Anoka County. Predominantly a residential community, Andover also has abundant parks, trails and recreational areas.
Andover MN real estate, along with sister communities in Anoka County, has been growing at a steady pace and will continue to be a good performer. Andover offers an ample supply of buildable land, with an average of 200 new homes being constructed each year. New home buyers can choose from a wide variety of architectural styles and price ranges.
Residents enjoy a wide variety of family-based activities at the Andover Community Center, which offers basketball, volleyball, ice skating, indoor walking and more.
Andover is served by two school districts: St. Francis School District on the northern part of the city and Anoka-Hennepin School District on the southern four-fifths, which includes Crooked Lake Elementary, Andover Elementary, Rum River Elementary, Oak View Middle School and Andover High School. Students may also attend Meadow Creek Christian School and Bunker Hills Academy.
Nature lovers enjoy access to over 400 acres of parkland in the city of Andover, including the 136-acre Kelsey Round Lake Park. Residents also find easy access to the Anoka County Bunker Hills Regional Park with hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails, and camping plus the Bunker Beach Waterpark.
The city we know today as Andover was first organized in 1857 under the name " Round Lake Township . However, in 1860 the name was changed to " Grow Township in honor of Senator Galusha A. Grow of Pennsylvania . Senator Grow spoke at a political campaign in Anoka that year, and the town name was changed to reflect Senator Grow because of his strong advocacy of the Union cause. At that time, the population was 330 and included the geographical area we know today as Ham Lake.
In fact, the area of Ham Lake was considered a part of Grow Township until 1871.
In 1972, the Grow Township Board of Supervisors recognized that the town was growing at a very rapid rate. They felt a village form of government would provide better services to the community. Board supervisors then voted in favor of proceeding with the incorporation process. The board voted to submit a new name for the village. " Andover Village was chosen because the name Andover had historical interest. The historical interest, we believe, came from the Andover train station.
You may have heard the popular "train myth about how Andover received its name. The myth states that a train tipped over in a swamp, and an eyewitness, relaying the incident, said it "went over and over, thereby naming the city " Andover . However, research reveals that the name Andover first appeared in an article dated March 14, 1899 in the Anoka County Union Newspaper - before train tracks were ever built in the city.
The article stated that the Eastern Minnesota line of the Great Northern Railway was in the process of constructing railroad tracks from the Coon Creek Cut-off to the North. The railway announced that new railroad stations with mathematical precision were to be located five miles apart from each other. The new stations (from Coon Creek to the North, along the new railroad line) were to be named Andover , Cedar, Bethel , Isanti, Cambridge , Stanchfield, Braham, Grasston, Cornell, and Brook Park . On July 4, 1899, the first train passed through the Andover Station. Where the railway came up with the name Andover still remains unknown.
Andover Village was established in 1972 and then became the City of Andover , a city of the fourth class, in 1974.
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